Depending on the nature of a job, people may struggle to balance a successful career with a relationship. Survey data from Ashley Madison, the leading website catering to married people who want to have affairs, showed which careers are more likely to produce unfaithful partners. The website asked 1,074 members to fill out a survey about their jobs.
Despite what you think of their standpoint toward being “faithful,” these respondents had a different attitude toward their careers. Nearly half (44%) said they never switched jobs, and those who did said they only did it once every 10 years.
Here are the top 12 jobs where most people cheat according to the survey.
12 Jobs that Produce Cheaters, According to Ashley Madison
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12. Social work for men, politics for women
The Ashley Madison survey concludes social workers “may feel more compelled to find an escape from stresses” in a way that doesn’t exactly align with standard marriage vows. Male social workers make up 2% of the respondents. On the other hand, roughly 1% of the Ashley Madison female respondents worked in politics. No one ever said politicians were honest, right?
11. Agriculture for men, arts and entertainment for women
Men pick up the slack when it comes to extramarital activities. Agriculture ranked as the 11th most common career for male cheaters with 3% of them admitting to the survey. Ranking at 11th for women is the arts and entertainment industry. When you consider the type of profession this industry warrants, you’ll realize that musicians, models, actors, and photographers with even the slightest level of fame attract attention from groupies that can be hard to ignore. How much more from their colleagues? Famous or not, 4% of women were cheaters in this industry.
10. Arts and entertainment for men, law for women
Being visual creatures, men in arts and entertainment careers constitute 3% of the respondents. On the contrary, legal professions are considered to be one of the most stressful jobs in America. Infidelity in marriage seems logical when you throw long hours, touchy subjects, and mental fatigue into the mix. Women working for the law make up 4% of the cheaters.
9. Education for men, trades for women
Education barely cracks the top 10 for men, but with 16% of users promoting infidelity, it’s still a big problem for these professionals. Interestingly, only 4% of women users leading toward infidelity were in trade, working as a plumber, electrician, or in a similar field.
8. Law for men, marketing and communications for women
Men working for the law cheat more than their female counterparts, constituting 4%. On the other hand, about 4% of female users seeking an extramarital affair were employed in marketing and communications. The cynic in us would say these professionals know how to frame and sell a story to their benefit.
7. Medical for men, IT for women
Males who admitted to the survey were doctors, constituting 5%, while the results indicate that IT professionals aren’t as shy and introverted as they let on. Female cheaters who worked in the IT department makeup 8%.
6. Marketing and communications for men, retail and hospitality for women
The logical person believes that marketing and communications are a common career whose success rises or falls on meaningful relationships. It’s only natural for many of these men to eventually cross the line, amounting up to 6%. On the other hand, dealing with the public can wreak havoc on even the most stable marriages and long hours could lead partners astray. Women working in retail or hospitality, such as in shops or the hotel industry, make up 9% in the survey.
5. Finance for men, social work for women
The words finance and stress go hand-in-hand, and we already know what happens when colleagues are overly stressed at work. These stressed-out male 8% cheat when they couldn’t think straight. On the contrary, social work is a female-dominated field. Women tend to release higher levels of oxytocin than men do when coping with stress, and there’s 9% of them in the survey.
4. Retail and hospitality for men, finance for women
Service workers have an uncharacteristically high rate of divorce. Male respondents in the retail or hospitality industry worked as waiters, bartenders, baristas, and hotel workers, constituting 8%. In comparison, the stressed-out women dealing with money make up 9%.
3. Entrepreneurs for men and women
Making it to the top 3 is the field of entrepreneurship. Being an entrepreneur was the third most popular career choice for both male and female cheaters, with 11% of cheaters from both genders working in this field. Prominent leaders risk all that power and authority going to their head, making it much more likely that they take charge of their relationships the same way they do business.
2. IT for men, education for women
Women account for a larger population in the education industry than men, so it’s no surprise that this is the second-highest career where people are most likely to cheat on their spouse. Women teachers were the second most common cheaters, making up 12% of female respondents. On the other hand, 12% of the men in this survey are in charge of computers, making information technology the second industry where men most likely have affairs.
1. Trades for men, medical for women
Men who worked in trades took the top spot for cheating. They made up 29% of male respondents! “Jobs in trades often mean irregular hours and are often structured in shift work meaning it’s easier for men to fly under the radar when it comes to sneaking around with an affair partner,” said Isabella Mise, director of communications at Ashley Madison.
In contrast, the medical field is the top career for female cheaters, coming in at 23% who were both doctors and nurses. High stress, long hours, and depression are common in this job, so it seems kind of “understandable” (we don’t condone it!) that workers would seek affairs to blow off a bit of steam. “A combination of long hours of potential stress mixed with a natural reaction to stress just might be the reason these women in the medical profession seek out an affair,” said Mise.
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